An overactive bladder can be triggered by many things and the most obvious is liquids, though not always in the way you imagine. According to WebMD, not only the amount, but the type of liquid you consume can trigger more-frequent-than-normal bladder activity.
Drinking too much? Or just at the wrong time of day? If you find yourself running to the bathroom on a regular basis, it’s important not to simply stop drinking important fluids and maintaining a healthy level of hydration within the body.
While drinking a lot of fluids will naturally mean more visits to the bathroom, drinking less will cause the urine to become highly concentrated which can, paradoxically, result in more time in the restroom. Similar to overly dry sinuses triggering a mucus-producing reaction, not consuming enough fluids can irritate the bladder. While opinions vary, most experts recommend drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. Cutting back on fluid intake in the early evening will mean fewer bathroom breaks in the night.
Both alcohol and caffeine act as a diuretic – a substance that promotes the production of urine. With beverages like coffee, tea, or soda, switching to decaffeinated versions should reduce the need to urinate frequently; with alcoholic beverages, it’s necessary to cut back or eliminate the drinks altogether to see a change in your body’s response.
Other considerations include cutting back on carbonated drinks, which can also irritate sensitive bladders. And, in addition to the types of liquids and beverages a person consumes, what’s in the beverages – sugar and artificial sweeteners –can also affect bladder function.
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